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The DNC Women's Vote Center Honors Six Democratic Women Making History

Submitted by: Democratic National Committee

Categories: Human Resources & Diversity

Posted: Mar 18, 2002 – 11:00 PM EST


Mar. 18 /CSRwire/ - In celebration of Women's History Month, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Women's Vote Center and Women's Leadership Forum today will host Democratic Women Making History - the DNC's first annual reception and awards program highlighting the achievements and leadership of prominent Democratic women.

Receiving the Party's Eleanor Roosevelt Awards for Leadership are newly elected House Democratic Whip Nancy Pelosi; DNC Voting Rights Institute National Chair Donna Brazile; AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Linda Chavez-Thompson; Clark County County Commissioner Yvonne Atkinson-Gates; New York State Democratic Committee Executive Director Chung Seto; and DNC Redistricting Project Director Amy Chapman.

"These courageous women exemplify the ideals of the Democratic Party. We are proud to recognize their accomplishments at the national, state, and local level, and we celebrate the commitment, vision and leadership they bring to our Party and to the nation," said DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe.

"From breaking new ground for women in Congress to ensuring the rights of all Americans at the polls, tonight's honorees represent the important work that Democratic women have done to strengthen the fabric of our nation," said Ann Lewis, National Chair of the DNC Women's Vote Center. "Today and everyday, we honor those whose accomplishments open the doors to a better future for all of us. As Eleanor Roosevelt said, 'It's up to the women!'"

Elected October 10, 2001 to the post of House Minority Whip, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is the highest-ranking woman in the history of the United States Congress. She is a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee and is the Ranking Democrat on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. She is considered a strong leader on issues of health care, human rights, quality education, affordable housing, intelligence, national security, environmental protection, and choice.

Donna Brazile was appointed this month to serve as National Chair of the DNC Voting Rights Institute, which is dedicated to promoting and protecting the right to vote for all Americans. Brazile served as Campaign Manager for the Gore-Lieberman 2000 presidential campaign, and previously served as Vice President Gore's National Political Director. An accomplished political strategist and grassroots organizer, Brazile has received numerous awards for her work, and was recently named by Washingtonian Magazine as one of the "100 Most Powerful Women in Washington."

Linda Chavez-Thompson is the Executive Vice-President AFL-CIO. A thirty-year veteran of the labor movement, Chavez-Thompson is the first person of color elected to an executive office of the AFL-CIO and is the highest-ranking woman in the labor movement. A Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee, Chavez-Thompson previously served as a Vice President of AFSCME.

The first African American elected to serve as Clark County Commissioner, Yvonne Atkinson-Gates was recently elected to Chair the Democratic National Committee's Black Caucus. Elected to the DNC post in January 2002, Commissioner Atkinson-Gates is committed to organizing a massive national grassroots program to mobilize Black voters in the 2002 elections and to help recruit and train the next generation of young African-American leaders.

Chung Seto is the first Asian Pacific American to serve as Executive Director of the New York State Democratic Committee. A leader in that state's 2000 Coordinated Campaign that helped to elect Hillary Rodham Clinton to the United States Senate, Seto shows her strong commitment to her community by recruiting and mentoring young Asian Americans to be involved in the political process.

Amy Chapman is the Director of the DNC Redistricting Project and is the Midwestern Political Director for the National SEIU. A twenty-year veteran of politics, Chapman is the leader of the first project organized by the DNC to provide assistance and resources to state legislatures as they tackle the task of redistricting.

Awards will be presented Tuesday evening, March 19 at the DNC's first annual Democratic Women Making History reception. For more information, contact the DNC Women's Vote Center at 202-863-8045.

For more information, please contact:

Mae Dove DNC Women's Vote Center
Phone: (202) 863-8045


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